The Courtside Collective presents
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – NBA Week 13.
Things heating up in the NBA with feuds and tensions running high in our week 13 round up!
With the addition of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors in the summer people seem to have forgotten about the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA (Sorry Ray and Reggie). Kevin Durant is the focal of the Golden State Warriors offense, but the 2 time reigning league MVP is still putting monster numbers (26.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals in his last five games) as the “2nd banana” on the team with the best record in the NBA. The fact that Steph can sacrifice his own numbers for the greater good of the team speaks volumes for his character, and proves that only one thing matters to him…Winning a the championship he left behind him in 2016, to paraphrase K.D “HE THE REAL MVP” .
LeBron James vs. Charles Barkley
The Main headline in the NBA this week was the war of words between “The Round Mound of Rebound” Charles Barkley and the best player in the world LeBron James.
After LeBron publically questioned the Cleveland Cavaliers front office, saying that the Cavs “were not a better team than last year from a personal standpoint” Barkley felt he he was out of line, calling him “whiney” and “Inappropriate” as well as questioning his competitive spirit “Does he want all the good players? He don’t want to compete?”
James took exception to his comments and fired back when he addressed reporters after a road loss to the mediocre Dallas Mavericks
“I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.”
Charles Barkley was an exceptional NBA player, but LeBron James is in the conversation for the greatest of all time, I understand that James was annoyed with Barkley but why did he feel the need attack him so personally? I think the King was out of line.
Charles Barkley is paid a lot of money to give his opinion on the NBA, he speaks his mind and if you don’t like it tough, he isn’t trying to make friends.
Even if LeBron didn’t agree with what Barkley said there is no denying that he made some very valid points. The Cavs have a deep roster with 3 All Stars, what more do you want? At some point LeBron needs to stop complaining and just do what he does best, dominate games like no other player can.
Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy
Disclaimer! This is not a political piece, I am not an expert in American politics, and whether you agree with it or not Donald Trump was elected president of The United States.
During the week President Trump signed an executive order which blocked entrance of non-American citizens to the U.S from 7 Muslim majority countries, one of which is Sudan. There are currently two Sudanese born players in the league, rookie Thon Maker and veteran Loul Deng, while this policy isn’t affecting these players at the moment what happens if they travel to Canada to play the Raptors? Will they be allowed re-enter the U.S?
In my own personal view the executive order is denying entry into a country which has been built on immigration simply because you may be a certain religion. The policy has faced a lot of criticism and deemed “unconstitutional”.
While we are facing dark uncertain times we can take some solace in how the NBA community reacted. In a week where the all eyes were on the Super Bowl the NFL’s best kept tight lipped about the whole situation. Not the NBA. Some of the biggest names in basketball expressed their dismay.
While many comments have been made from players and coaches alike perhaps the most poignant was from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Kerr was more qualified than anyone to speak on the issue. He’s Father a U.S diplomate was the victim of Terrorism back in 1984, when he murdered working in Beirut. Kerr had this to say.
“If we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, we’re really going against the principles of what this country is about and creating fear…It’s the wrong way to go about it. If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror, and so I’m completely against what’s happening. I think it’s shocking. I think it’s a horrible idea, and I feel for all the people who are affected-families are being torn apart…You want to solve terror, you want to solve crime. It’s not the way to do it.”
Its comments like this that makes me proud to be a fan of a league which is one of the most accepting in the world.